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Glad to announce of release of INDI Library v1.7.5 on 2018-11-14. A few drivers were added in this release as we continue to improve & stabilize existing drivers.
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TOPIC: Astroberry Focuser with Adafruit Motor HAT

Astroberry Focuser with Adafruit Motor HAT 6 months 2 weeks ago #25604

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SmackAstro. A couple things you might want to customize. Within amh_focusser.cpp
Define SPR to match your motor specs. Kaczorek set it to 400, but most steppers are 200.
Towards the bottom of the file you can define the stepper mode to one of 4 options
SINGLE (lowest power use)
DOUBLE (2x power use, ~25% more torque)
INTERLEAVE (50% more power, slightly more torque than Single, finer step size)
MICROSTEP (Very fine step size)

I recommend microstep, but you will have to adjust the I2C baud rate, see my earlier posts in the thread.

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INDI/KStars on Raspberry Pi 3B+
Lubuntu 16.04
Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro Mount
Canon 600D Camera
Orion SSAG @280mm Guide Scope
PHD2
Adafruit Motor Hat shield
Adafruit GPS Module
Generic Bluetooth Joystick.
Startech 7 port powered USB Hub.

Astroberry Focuser with Adafruit Motor HAT 5 months 1 week ago #26434

Hi, i am trying to reproduce this project on my Celestron 8 SE. But i found that Celestron 8 SE, there is no obvious way to measure the focuser tube traveling distance for one knob revolution.
Do you guys know how to work around this problem? is this parameter a must for the program to work?
Thanks.

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Astroberry Focuser with Adafruit Motor HAT 5 months 1 week ago #26437

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It is not a must. My discussion on travel distance was to work out an estimate for limits to the maximum number of steps the driver will allow. The author was looking at 20,000 step limit, and I calculated the most I could possibly need, and was satisfied I came within it.

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INDI/KStars on Raspberry Pi 3B+
Lubuntu 16.04
Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro Mount
Canon 600D Camera
Orion SSAG @280mm Guide Scope
PHD2
Adafruit Motor Hat shield
Adafruit GPS Module
Generic Bluetooth Joystick.
Startech 7 port powered USB Hub.

Astroberry Focuser with Adafruit Motor HAT 5 months 1 week ago #26438

That's good to hear. I am glad that you are still monitoring the thread.
I need to look at the code more closely to figure out what exactly i need to provide for the focuser to work.

At the Ekos UI side, it looks i only need to set the ticks properties for the Max Travel

Settings
Max Travel: Maximum travel in ticks before the autofocus process aborts.
Step: Initial step size in ticks to cause a noticeable change in HFR value.
Tolerance: The tolerance percentage values decides when the autofocus process stops in the Iterative algorithm.

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